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For Jonathan Bravman, serendipity, intent turned the cranks

Jonathan Bravman, MD

AURORA, Colorado | January 6, 2015

We are all where we are through some combination of serendipity, intent, and drift. In the case of Jonathan Bravman, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with CU Sports Medicine, the serendipity and intent have been pronounced. But some concerted drifting he did in Boulder 15 years ago is a big part of the reason he's here, and it's no small part of who he has become.

Bravman, 37, grew up in Randolph, N.J., and was an athlete from the start. He was a sprinter for a state-champion high school track team and played soccer at the University of Vermont. It was there that the first of a chain of events occurred that steered him toward the University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty.

In 1995, Vermont's head soccer coach, Ron McEachen, left for a job with Major League Soccer's New England Revolution. The new regime took offense to Bravman's arriving 15 minutes late to practice (the biology major's organic chemistry lab infringed on his time). The walk-on walked off. In place of intense athletic activity, "I ate wings and drank beer and did all those good things," Bravman said.

Those good things led to some serious weight gain, which led to casual bike-riding to work it back off. A friend had cofounded the university's mountain biking team. Bravman showed up at the tryout wearing a white T-shirt, soccer shorts and sneakers. He rode his high-school bike, which featured neither front nor rear suspension.

He made the team anyway. Not long after that, that bike was stolen. He had a decision to make: If he was going to invest in a new bike, he had to commit to the sport.

"It was like the best decision I ever made," Bravman said. "Looking back on that 20 years later, bike racing has been my passion, far more than anything else, personally and athletically."

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